All That Beauty (Jazz Optional)

The garden has begun that crazy, lush, blooming green growth.  Every year it amazes me.


The irises and roses are in their glory, columbine have finished, and the holly blossoms are wafting their sweet scent through the air.


The love-in-a-mist are getting ready to pop open with their intricate star blooms.


And look at these peas!!!  If it doesn’t turn from cold to hot too soon, I’ll have a crop.


The new lettuces are thriving.


I spent most of Friday in the garden, putting in seedlings and taking down the fences around a lot of things, so I’m just showing parts of the garden that still look the same.  I hope I can remember the camera next time I go.


Rapini and carrots. I took this enclosure down, as so far the things I left out to test whether the evil rabbits were going to munch are still growing…I plopped an eggplant seedling down among the rapini.

I’m running into the issue of the long cold spring with my planting.  It is time to put in summer crops like pole beans, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, okra and other delicacies, but the carrots, peas, radishes, and rapini have been slow  and are still in the spaces those other crops would go in.  To add to the issue, I’ve decided to let the arugula and parsley go to seed, so I can save it.


Blossoming arugula and blooming thyme

Still, I put in peppers, tomatoes, and an eggplant, carefully calculating where the squash will go and where I’ll throw down some basil seed.  I put in another row of arugula, and some okra, though that was a calculated risk, given temperatures in the sixties next week.  I’m hoping the seedlings ride out the predicted cool days.  One plus is that it’s supposed to rain, so they can settle in nicely if it isn’t a gully washer.


More irises and bolting chard–I’m collecting seed from that as well.

The cold weather has really inhibited the early crops in the Plot Against Hunger Garden.  I put in pepper and tomato seedlings there and have had some tomato seeds sprouting in little mini greenhouses created with 3 liter bottles of spring water.  They’re doing okay, but still really small.


There are some carrots and beets and chard in there now as well, but we’ll likely put pole beans and plant squash and cucumbers next weekend.  The Arlington Friends Urban Agriculture have found organizations and food pantries that will take fresh produce, so I will contact the ones close to me when we have food to deliver.  That could be some time, but we’re plugging away at it.


Most of these have gone into salads at this point.

Gardening is a risky business, like life.  You never quite know what’s coming your way (evil rabbits, voles, too much rain, drought, squash bugs, stink bugs, long cold springs, brutal summer heat, rats and much much more…).

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You never know when you’ll see a demonic rabbit…

Luckily, there’s usually only one or two really pesky things in a summer, so we’ll see how it goes.  Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy all the greenery and flowers and sit close to blossoming holly trees when I can.


And for the optional jazz, If the Stars were Mine, by Melody Gardot.  I hope you have a lovely, flower scented week–and if someone offers you a jar full of stars, take it.

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45 Responses to All That Beauty (Jazz Optional)

  1. Catwoods says:

    Lovely pictures! I hope the weather will cooperate!

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  2. Lovely! It brightens my coldish autumn days!

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  3. Oh! It sounds like you are having a spring similar to the one we had last year – when winter decided to linger on the edges and didn’t let go til well after mid summer had been and gone. Our autumn has, on the whole, been decidedly benign and it is really only getting cooler at nights now. It’s a definite new learning curve isn’t it. Still, your garden looks so beautifully green and abundant even if the eatables are a little slow in coming. I hope the evil bunnies stay away 🙂

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It’s the 3rd year with this pattern of a mild winter and cold rainy spring. It starts warming up mid-June, but that means a lot of things don’t come up or are stunted. We’ll see how it goes. I keep getting eggplants in October! I hope you have a lovely fall and a suitable winter.


  4. Splendid crops. I get that feeling of amazement too. I liked the jazz option. A new performer for me.

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  5. Ah, the promise of the spring garden. I find that gardening is the perfect metaphor for life, risky business and all. I hope the coming rains are more gentle than predicted at this point, and I hope they arrive and don’t fizzle out. My garden could do with some water. Lovely irises!

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  6. Sylvie Ge says:

    Gardening science at its best and so beneficial for the rest of the community. It looks like a full time job. I don’t know how you do it.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I never fail to be amazed by the difference a few degrees of latitude can make. Homegrown tomatoes are ripening here and some people already are picking them; summer squash — yellow, zucchini, pattypan — are on tables now. The dewberries and blackberries almost are finished, but it won’t be long until our peaches are ready.

    Your iris are beautiful. I missed the bloom of our native iris this year. When the lockdown was ordered, they were in bud. By the time I saw my favorite spot for them again, they already had formed seed pods. Ah, me.

    I enjoyed your music, and will give you this wonderful ‘love song’ from Guy Clark in exchange. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Oh, I sing that song several times a summer! Guy Clark, what a songwriter. Man, you are so far ahead of us, I’m just reeling. Blackberries!!!!! I think you are quite a bit south though, right? Texas Coast? I likely won’t even bother to plant squash until June in my own garden…We had a couple 80 degree days Friday and Saturday, now the temps are headed down again…

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      • shoreacres says:

        Yep. South of Houston, halfway to Galveston, on Galveston Bay. Believe it or not, our strawberry season is over already — we started picking in late January/early February, and it’s goodbye strawberries until next year. It’s a good thing we have the blackberries and blueberries to console us — and the peaches. I hope your conditions are perfect, or close to it, and you can have a rich harvest.

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  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    All looks good, Lisa. Wishing you a successful gardening season!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Vegetable gardening certainly became popular all of a sudden. Because the facilities here will be unused for so long, but the automated irrigation must continue, I may plug some vegetable seeds out into the landscapes for those who work here, but will be lacking income for a long time.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yeah, it’s crazy that there’s a seed shortage, so I’m just collecting them where I can. I’m sorry you’ve been so affected by this, along with the workers. A good vegetable garden will help a bit, but it won’t pay the electric bill.


  10. TanGental says:

    Love the irises. Your peas are well ahead of ours. We’ve about 120 plants coming through. Chard going well, ditto courgettes and green beans . Love the rabbit . Reminds me of Monty Python and the holy grail and the were rabbit. Hope you carrots stay safe

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    • arlingwoman says:

      That’s Sid the Cussing Bunny from the Late Late Show when Craig Ferguson had it. Or Sid’s hallucinated evil alter ego. My email picture is of the Killer Rabbit of Cairbannog, so you can see which rabbits are representative of my general thoughts about them…I’m envious of your green beans…mine will have to wait…


  11. Eliza Waters says:

    The roses and iris look beautiful! It must be nice to be getting garden produce already.
    It has been a cool spring and like you, I hope it doesn’t turn hot all at once. It is so nice to see green everywhere once again– a color I never tire of!

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  12. Oh, those irises! My absolute, favorite flower. Enjoy, enjoy!

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  13. Maria says:

    They look great! I salute you for overcoming the stay-at-home orders with health and pride!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      We were a bit worried at first, since parks are closed, that our community garden would be closed, but luckily that didn’t happen. We just had to make sure there were never more than 10 people inside at a time. Plus it’s been nice to see people there.

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  14. SueW says:

    I.ove all your produce, much further ahead than we are in the chilly north of England. I’m still waiting for the roses and rhododendrons to make an appearance!

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  15. lorraineanne says:

    this is amazing~ thank you for sharing.
    If you get a chance, I’d really appreciate if you can check out my music/ art blog.
    It would mean a lot!



    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks for coming by! You have a lot going on with singing and photography and vlogs and your blog. I’m sorry about all the jazz fest being canceled. Chicago might be able to get its in before we’re all locked down again for the next wave of COVID and flu. Stay well and keep writing.

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  16. Great Irises – my favourite flower. The rabbit defences were impressive too – and as I scrolled down I could see why you need them.:-)

    I’m sure that rabbit will return in my dreams!

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  17. What a beautiful and healthy garden. For me it’s the last week of May and the month of June. The garden is astonishingly beautiful.

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  18. love that quote, gardening is a risky business like life.

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